Promoting Health: Public Health’s Return to Local Authorities: 4 Years on

July 4th 2017, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Leeds Beckett University City Campus, LS1 3HE

Rose Bowl, Room 513


This one-day Conference will look at public health and health promotion priorities, strategies and practice within local authority contexts. Opportunities and challenges will be considered and practical strategies shared for engaging and delivering within the current structures.

The current status of health promotion within public health will be discussed.  There will be a range of presentations, poster presentations and opportunities for networking, 

The Conference will be of interest to all IHPE members, those working in public health in local authorities and those in the wider public health community. The Conference is keen to engage the diverse range of people working in health promotion, including those in statutory and third sector organisations


Keynote speakers:

Penny Spring:  Director of Public Health, North Lincolnshire. As of 10th May DPH at North Lincolnshire.  

Professor Jane South, Leeds Becket University and Public Health England


Together with:

Isabella Goldie  Director of Development and Delivery, Mental Health Foundation

Sheila Merrill     Public Health Advisor, RoSPA

Mary Dawson   HENRY Regional Manager (North)

Jane  Connor    Head of Public Health Development, Royal Borough of  Greenwich



Conference Cost and Booking

Cost:   £65 members, £75 non-members,  £50 for lead presenter on posters and  £25 for students (£20 if a lead presenter on a poster).

Booking is now open – click here to book your tickets


Poster Presentations: Call for contributions:

We are pleased to invite submissions for potential poster presentations at the Conference.  All submissions should be in line with the Conference theme or the broader remit of health promotion and education. Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words outlining what your poster presentation will be about. The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 16th 2017.

All abstracts will be peer reviewed. Specific instructions for the poster presentations will be circulated to successful authors after this process has been completed.

Please submit your abstract for submission to:


PROGRAMME – specific timings for individual speakers to be finalised

Morning session

10.00am – 10.30am – Registration and coffee

10.30am Welcome from  Sylvia Tilford,  President IHPE.

10.35am  Welcome from Sue Sherwin, Dean of School of Health and Community Studies, Leeds  Beckett University.

10.40am – Keynote speaker: Penny Spring, Director of Public Health North Lincolnshire.

The difference that makes a difference – reflections of a jobbing DPH’.

11.20am Isabella Goldie,  Director of Development and Delivery,  Mental Health Foundation.    

A call to action – addressing the social determinants of mental health’.

11.50am – Sheila  Merrill, Public Health Advisor  RoSPA.

‘Translating home accident statistics into action’.


12.15pm  – 1.15pm Lunch and Poster Presentations


Afternoon session

1.20pm – Keynote speaker:  Professor Jane South, Leeds Beckett University and Public Health England.

People, place and power – where now for public health?’

2.00 pm Mary Dawson, HENRY Regional Manager (North)

An evidence based approach to tackling obesity in the early years’.

 2.30pm – Jane Connor, Head of Public Health Development Royal Borough of Greenwich.

‘Obesity and changing spaces: the local authority as a lever  for change’.

3.00pm – Speakers panel and conclusions

3.30pm – Conference closes

4.00pm – IHPE AGM



Penny Spring – Director of Public Health, North Lincolnshire

Penny has been the Director of Public Health in Northumberland since 2014. Following a 2016 tour of the country to meet local authorities and gain a fuller understanding of the issues affecting local Public Health services Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, described Northumberland County Council’s approach to public health as exceptional. ‘There is a lot to be proud of and lots to do but the team here is exceptional and I’m delighted to have been able to spend some time here and to see what has been done and is still being done in Northumberland’.  Penny herself has said: ‘As the largest and most rural county in England, we face many challenges and working together with community groups is an essential part of our goal to improve health outcomes and reduce inequalities’.


Professor Jane South – Leeds Beckett University and Public Health England

Jane is Professor of Healthy Communities in the School of Health & Community Studies at Leeds Beckett University. She is also seconded to Public Health England in a national advisory role and authored the recent PHE and NHS England guide to community centred approaches for health and wellbeing. In 2015, she became a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health through Distinction. In her university role, Jane was the Director of the Centre for Health Promotion Research from 2006-13, where she built an extensive portfolio of research and public engagement activity including two National Institute for Health Research studies on lay and peer interventions.

Jane has worked on various collaborative projects with both Leeds and Wakefield councils and set up an innovative Community-Campus Partnership for Health at her university.



Mary Dawson –  HENRY Regional Manager (North)

Mary began her career as a volunteer with Voluntary Services Overseas. Following a two year posting to North East China, she has focused on working in charities that improve the lives of children and young people in the UK and abroad. Mary is a skilled project manager with experience of developing a range of national and international programmes while working for organisations including Link Community Development, the National Deaf Children’s Society and as CEO for Springboard for Children. Mary joined HENRY in August 2016 in the new role of Regional Manager (North) where she works to grow and develop HENRY across the North of England.




Sheila Merrill – Public Health Adviser, RoSPA

Sheila has worked for RoSPA since 1989 and currently holds the position of Public Health Adviser within the Strategic Partnerships Division. She manages a team of five (which can fluctuate) depending on the delivery of various contracts.  Sheila is responsible for the development and delivery of RoSPA’s strategic plans for Public Health and Home Safety, taking a lead role in working with Government Departments in developing policy and responding to Government consultations. Sheila maintains a UK wide consistent approach to all home safety aspects including policy innovation, the provision of technical expertise, the identification of best practice, website content and media work in relation to home safety. She also has responsibility for grant negotiations with government departments up to ministerial level and research and maintenance of other income streams in order to sustain the delivery of the Home Safety service.



Jane Connor – Head of Public Health Development, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Jane has spent the last decade and more involving the NHS in ‘things Olympic’ representing London’s Primary Care Trusts in bid development and then legacy planning, working for the London Boroughs of Newham, Hackney, NHS Newham and more recently the Royal Borough of  Greenwich. From 2003 Jane ensured that the NHS and Public Health in Newham were able to influence the regeneration of Stratford, underpinned by Health Impact Assessment and the commissioning of academic research into mixed, sustainable communities. From 2008 she coordinated the NHS (and then Public Health) contribution to the Olympic and Paralympic Host Borough’s legacy and focus on ‘convergence’ of health outcomes between these Boroughs and London. From 2013 she led the development of Healthier Children, Healthier Places, a multi – Borough partnership supporting a whole system approach to tackling obesity. Jane’s senior management portfolio covers long term condition prevention, self management support , physical activity strategy, wider determinants and alcohol. She is almost as passionate about creating healthy places, as she is about Tottenham Hotspurs.


Isabella Goldie – Director of Development and Delivery, Mental Health Foundation

During her time at the Mental Health Foundation Isabella has developed a range of research and service improvement projects. On joining the Mental Health Foundation she headed up work in Scotland and worked extensively on Scottish mental health policy. Key areas of interest included later life, refugees, asylum seekers and the role of the arts in reducing stigma and discrimination. She has a masters in public mental health and is a registered mental health nurse. Isabella is Chair of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and has contributed to a number of publications including: Public Mental Health: A Handbook. Isabella enjoys mindfulness, meditation and music


Directions to the Venue on the City Campus 

Arriving by train at Leeds City Station:

Walking to the Rose Bowl:  the venue is approximately 10 minutes walk from Leeds Railway Station. Exit the main entrance of the station and turn left to City Square. Walk up Park Row which lies to the right of City Square, cross at the lights and continue in the same direction up Cookridge Steet until you each Woodhouse Lane. The Rose Bowl is immediately on your left.

Taxis: from the station, the cost is between £4 and £5.

Bus: there is a City Bus which goes from immediately outside the station. Get off at the bus stop in Portland Way just before Woodhouse Lane. The venue is across the road from the bus stop.

Arriving by car:

Parking: there is parking at the Rose Bowl but it is very expensive for stays exceeding 5 hours. The best alternative is the multi-storey car park in Woodhouse Lane – a few minutes further up Woodhouse Lane and visible from the Rose Bowl entrance on Wood House Lane.

For further information and maps go to

Visiting Leeds for the first time

If you are coming from a distance and have time to visit other places in Leeds which are near to the venue before returning home we can suggest:




Leeds Town Hall –  3 minutes from the venue






Leeds City Art Gallery  – 3 minutes from the venue. Currently the gallery is closed for essential repairs but the very impressiveTiled Café, museum shop and craft gallery are open.






Leeds City Museum, Millenium Square – 3 minutes from the venue








Thackray  Medical Museum – 25 minutes walk or 10 minutes by bus from Boar Lane – next to City Square




City maps and other information will be available in your Conference folders.